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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722169/prognosis-based-shoulder-hemiarthroplasty-after-resection-of-proximal-humeral-malignancy
#1
Chao-Ming Chen, Po-Kuei Wu, Shang-Wen Tsai, Cheng-Fong Chen, Wei-Ming Chen
After wide excision of proximal humeral bony malignancy, prognosis-based reconstruction was performed at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. Bone prosthesis composite (BPC) was carried out among patients with a favored prognosis, while cement-spacer prosthesis composite (CSPC) was preserved for patients with poor prognosis. The aim of our study is to compare the clinical outcomes between the BPC and CSPC reconstruction procedures. From January 2000 to December 2014, we retrospectively reviewed the clinical outcomes of 34 patients who underwent shoulder hemiarthroplasty following wide excision of a malignant lesion of the proximal humerus, 15 of whom were treated with a BPC reconstruction and 19 cases were treated with a CSPC reconstruction...
July 19, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722144/mechanisms-involved-in-hypersensitivity-reactions-to-polysulfone-hemodialysis-membranes
#2
Aranzazu Rodríguez-Sanz, Rafael Sánchez-Villanueva, Javier Domínguez-Ortega, Ana-María Fiandor, María-Paz Ruiz, Filomena Trocoli, Rafael Díaz-Tejeiro, Carlos Cadenillas, Elena González, Virginia Martínez, Margarita López-Trascasa, Santiago Quirce, Rafael Selgas, Teresa Bellón
Several cases of patients with anaphylactic or systemic hypersensitivity reactions to polysulfone (PS) hemodialysis (HD) membranes and tolerance to cellulose triacetate (CTA) membranes have recently been reported. To investigate the mechanisms involved in PS hypersensitivity, basophil, T cell, and complement activation were analyzed in acute-phase samples from two patients with systemic reactions to PS-based membranes. Basophil and T cell activation, as well as higher serum tryptase levels were detected in acute-phase samples compared with basal levels...
July 19, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722142/lactic-dehydrogenase-in-the-in-vitro-evaluation-of-hemolytic-properties-of-ventricular-assist-device
#3
Donghai Li, Qingyu Wu, Shuhong Liu, Yuanyuan Chen, Haosheng Chen, Yingmao Ruan, Yu Zhang
Ventricular assist devices (VADs) can effectively improve the survival rate of patients with end-stage heart failure, but the hemolytic complications induced by long-time VAD support have received wide attention recently. The conventional evaluation method of the hemolytic properties of VADs by the indicator of plasma free hemoglobin (PFH) concentration is used but not sensitive enough to meet the needs of the actual examinations. In this study, an experimental method was applied for the evaluation of the injuries and damages caused by VADs to erythrocytes by both indicators of PFH and lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) in the in vitro hemolysis assay of VADs...
July 19, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722138/a-red-blood-cell-model-to-estimate-the-hemolysis-fingerprint-of-cardiovascular-devices
#4
Riccardo Toninato, Giuseppe Fadda, Francesca Maria Susin
One of the most relevant and open issues within cardiovascular prosthetic hemodynamic performance is a realistic quantification of the damage sustained by red blood cells (RBCs). Specifically, the optimal design of bileaflet mechanical heart valves (BMHVs) requires both low shear stresses along the leaflets and short particle resident times. This study approaches RBC damage estimation by developing a numerical model of RBCs and computing the damage sustained by a set of passive RBCs immersed within in vitro flows...
July 19, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718924/preliminary-study-of-a-novel-puborectalis-like-artificial-anal-sphincter
#5
Wentian Jin, Guozheng Yan, Hao Wu, Shan Lu, Zerun Zhou
Artificial anal sphincter (AAS) is an in situ implanted device that acts as a treatment for fecal incontinence regardless of etiology by augmenting the incompetent sphincteric structures. However, AAS is impeded from becoming a valid therapy by its high rate of ischemic complication and malfunction. This article presents an original puborectalis-like artificial anal sphincter (PAAS) that features a low risk of ischemia necrosis and rectal perception remodeling. The device retains continence by reproducing the action, including the pulling and angulating the rectum, of the puborectalis muscle, which forms the anorectal angle and reduces the required clamping pressure...
July 18, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718889/veno-arterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-support-in-patients-undergoing-aortic-surgery
#6
Zhaopeng Zhong, Chunjing Jiang, Feng Yang, Xing Hao, Jialin Xing, Hong Wang, Xiaotong Hou
Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) is an option for mechanical support for patients with postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock (PCS). However, the use of VA-ECMO in patients suffering from aortic disease with PCS has not been greatly reported. This is a retrospective review of adult patients undergoing aortic surgery who received VA-ECMO support to treat refractory PCS from August 2009 to May 2016. A total of 36 patients who underwent aortic surgery with VA-ECMO support for refractory PCS were included...
July 18, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718516/control-of-the-fluid-viscosity-in-a-mock-circulation
#7
Stefan Boës, Gregor Ochsner, Raffael Amacher, Anastasios Petrou, Mirko Meboldt, Marianne Schmid Daners
A mock circulation allows the in vitro investigation, development, and testing of ventricular assist devices. An aqueous-glycerol solution is commonly used to mimic the viscosity of blood. Due to evaporation and temperature changes, the viscosity of the solution drifts from its initial value and therefore, deviates substantially from the targeted viscosity of blood. Additionally, the solution needs to be exchanged to account for changing viscosities when mimicking different hematocrits. This article presents a method to control the viscosity in a mock circulation...
July 17, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703280/the-oregonheart-total-artificial-heart-design-and-performance-on-a-mock-circulatory-loop
#8
Jeremy Glynn, Howard Song, Bryan Hull, Stanley Withers, Jill Gelow, James Mudd, Albert Starr, Richard Wampler
Widespread use of heart transplantation is limited by the scarcity of donor organs. Total artificial heart (TAH) development has been pursued to address this shortage, especially to treat patients who require biventricular support. We have developed a novel TAH that utilizes a continuously spinning rotor that shuttles between two positions to provide pulsatile, alternating blood flow to the systemic and pulmonary circulations without artificial valves. Flow rates and pressures generated by the TAH are controlled by adjusting rotor speed, cycle frequency, and the proportion of each cycle spent pumping to either circulation...
July 13, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691283/a-soft-total-artificial-heart-first-concept-evaluation-on-a-hybrid-mock-circulation
#9
Nicholas H Cohrs, Anastasios Petrou, Michael Loepfe, Maria Yliruka, Christoph M Schumacher, A Xavier Kohll, Christoph T Starck, Marianne Schmid Daners, Mirko Meboldt, Volkmar Falk, Wendelin J Stark
The technology of 3D-printing has allowed the production of entirely soft pumps with complex chamber geometries. We used this technique to develop a completely soft pneumatically driven total artificial heart from silicone elastomers and evaluated its performance on a hybrid mock circulation. The goal of this study is to present an innovative concept of a soft total artificial heart (sTAH). Using the form of a human heart, we designed a sTAH, which consists of only two ventricles and produced it using a 3D-printing, lost-wax casting technique...
July 10, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670776/myocardial-protective-effect-of-antegrade-cardioplegic-cardiac-arrest-versus-ventricular-fibrillation-during-cardiopulmonary-bypass-on-immediate-postoperative-and-mid-term-left-ventricular-function-in-right-ventricular-outflow-tract-surgery
#10
Sang Yoon Kim, Sungkyu Cho, Ji-Hyun Lee, Jin-Tae Kim, Woong-Han Kim
The objective of this study is to examine the myocardial protective effect of antegrade cardioplegic cardiac arrest (ACC) versus ventricular fibrillation (VF) on short-term and mid-term left ventricular (LV) function in right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) surgery. RVOT operations conducted from January 2006 to December 2015 were reviewed. The numbers of cases using ACC and VF were 71 and 49, respectively. Postoperative mortality and morbidity were compared between the two groups. Before and after propensity score matching, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and left ventricular end-systolic/end-diastolic diameter (LVESD/LVEDD) in echocardiography were measured immediately after operation and at mid-term follow-up between postoperative 6 and 24 months...
July 2, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653337/hardystonite-coated-poly-l-lactide-nanofibrous-scaffold-and-efficient-osteogenic-differentiation-of-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#11
Banafsheh Tavangar, Shaghayegh Arasteh, Haleh Edalatkhah, Ali Salimi, Ali Doostmohammadi, Ehsan Seyedjafari
In this study, a ceramic-coated nanofibrous scaffold has been fabricated to biomimic the microstructure of natural extracellular matrix and the stiffening inorganic compartment of bone. Poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) nanofibers were electrospun and exposed to oxygen plasma to induce hydrophilicity and promote ceramic adsorption. Hardystonite (HS), which possesses superior osteoinduction potential over hydroxyapatite, was coated on plasma-treated PLLA nanofibers by drenching the nanofibers in HS suspension. Pure and composite PLLA-based scaffolds were characterized in terms of physical and biological properties...
June 27, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643335/a-review-of-hemolysis-prediction-models-for-computational-fluid-dynamics
#12
REVIEW
Hai Yu, Sebastian Engel, Gábor Janiga, Dominique Thévenin
Flow-induced hemolysis is a crucial issue for many biomedical applications; in particular, it is an essential issue for the development of blood-transporting devices such as left ventricular assist devices, and other types of blood pumps. In order to estimate red blood cell (RBC) damage in blood flows, many models have been proposed in the past. Most models have been validated by their respective authors. However, the accuracy and the validity range of these models remains unclear. In this work, the most established hemolysis models compatible with computational fluid dynamics of full-scale devices are described and assessed by comparing two selected reference experiments: a simple rheometric flow and a more complex hemodialytic flow through a needle...
June 23, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621916/construction-of-anterior-hemi-corneal-equivalents-using-nontransfected-human-corneal-cells-and-transplantation-in-dog-models
#13
Bin Xu, Zhan Song, Tingjun Fan
Tissue-engineered human anterior hemi-cornea (TE-aHC) is a promising equivalent for treating anterior lamellar keratopathy to surmount the severe shortage of donated corneas. This study was intended to construct a functional TE-aHC with nontransfected human corneal stromal (ntHCS) and epithelial (ntHCEP) cells using acellular porcine corneal stromata (aPCS) as a carrier scaffold, and evaluate its biological functions in a dog model. To construct a TE-aHC, ntHCS cells were injected into an aPCS scaffold and cultured for 3 days; then, ntHCEP cells were inoculated onto the Bowman's membrane of the scaffold and cultured for 5 days under air-liquid interface condition...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621912/use-of-estradiol-promotes-graft-bone-healing-in-rabbit-model-of-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-with-a-polyethylene-terephthalate-ligament
#14
Fang Chai, Fang Wan, Jia Jiang, Siheng Wang, Shiyi Chen
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the local use of estradiol after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) artificial ligament graft could promote graft-bone healing. A total of 45 New Zealand white rabbits underwent ACL reconstruction with a PET ligament graft. The experimental groups were administered a local estradiol injection at either a low dose after surgery or a high dose after surgery, and the control group did not receive an injection...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621889/enhanced-skin-regeneration-by-herbal-extract-coated-poly-l-lactic-acid-nanofibrous-scaffold
#15
Aytak Jouybar, Ehsan Seyedjafari, Abdolreza Ardeshirylajimi, Ali Zandi-Karimi, Nikta Feizi, Mohammad-Mehdi Khani, Iraj Pousti
The wound healing process is directly related to the type of treatment. Existing methods of treatment are not responsive enough for severe wounds. The aim of this study was the potential capacity investigation of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) nanofibrous scaffolds coated by aloe vera gel for wound dressing applications. In this study, electrospinning method was used for preparing PLLA nanofibers, and after characterization by SEM and MTT, its influence on the wound healing process was investigated with and without aloe vera gel as a wound dressing in full-thickness skin defect in mice...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621882/exercise-capacity-and-functional-performance-in-heart-failure-patients-supported-by-a-left-ventricular-assist-device-at-discharge-from-inpatient-rehabilitation
#16
Thomas Schmidt, Birna Bjarnason-Wehrens, Petra Bartsch, Ezin Deniz, Jan Schmitto, Sebastian Schulte-Eistrup, Detlev Willemsen, Nils Reiss
Adequate physical and functional performance is an important prerequisite for renewed participation and integration in self-determined private and (where appropriate) professional lives following left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. During cardiac rehabilitation (CR), individually adapted exercise programs aim to increase exercise capacity and functional performance. A retrospective analysis of cardiopulmonary exercise capacity and functional performance in LVAD patients at discharge from a cardiac rehabilitation program was conducted...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621839/evaluation-of-hemodynamic-performance-of-a-combined-ecls-and-crrt-circuit-in-seven-positions-with-a-simulated-neonatal-patient
#17
Elizabeth Profeta, Kaitlyn Shank, Shigang Wang, Christian O'Connor, Allen R Kunselman, Karl Woitas, John L Myers, Akif Ündar
As it is common for patients treated with extracorporeal life support (ECLS) to subsequently require continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), and neonatal patients encounter limitations due to lack of access points, inclusion of CRRT in the ECLS circuit could provide advanced treatment for this population. The objective of this study was to evaluate an alternative neonatal ECLS circuit containing either a Maquet RotaFlow centrifugal pump or Maquet HL20 roller pump with one of seven configurations of CRRT using the Prismaflex 2000 System...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621838/the-effect-of-compliant-inflow-cannulae-on-the-hemocompatibility-of-rotary-blood-pump-circuits-in-an-in-vitro-model
#18
Jo P Pauls, Deepika Nandakumar, Jarod Horobin, Justin D Prendeville, Michael J Simmonds, John F Fraser, Geoff Tansley, Shaun D Gregory
Rotary blood pumps (RBPs) are used for mechanical circulatory support in heart failure patients but exhibit a reduced response to preload changes, which can lead to ventricular suction events. A passive control system, in the form of a compliant inflow cannula (IC), has been developed to mitigate suction, although this device may cause significant hemolysis. This study compared the incidence of mechanically induced hemolysis of two compliant IC designs (strutted and nonstrutted) with a rigid IC (control) in a blood circulation loop over 90 min...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621831/a-new-rat-model-of-seizures-suitable-for-screening-antiepileptic-electrical-stimulation-therapies
#19
Cristian Sevcencu, Jianhang Jiao, Kristian Rauhe Harreby, Winnie Jensen
The antiepileptic effects of the electrical stimulation therapies developed for patients with intractable epilepsies depend critically on the stimulation parameters, including the pulse duration, current, and frequency. Consequently, optimization of such therapies requires many animals for testing each of the stimulation parameters alone or in combination, which is costly and time consuming. This drawback could be reduced by testing several stimulation paradigms in each animal, but this requires an animal model of long-lasting seizures allowing such repetitive tests...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621816/control-of-a-pediatric-pulsatile-ventricular-assist-device-a-hybrid-cardiovascular-model-study
#20
Gianfranco Ferrari, Arianna Di Molfetta, Krzysztof Zieliński, Libera Fresiello, Krystyna Górczyńska, Krzysztof Jakub Pałko, Marek Darowski, Antonio Amodeo, Maciej Kozarski
The aim of this work is to study pediatric pneumatic ventricle (PVAD) performance, versus VAD rate (VADR) and native heart rate (HR) ratio Rr (VADR/HR). The study uses a hybrid model of the cardiovascular system (HCS). HCS consists of a computational part (a lumped parameter model including left and right ventricles, systemic and pulmonary arterial and venous circulation) interfaced to a physical part. This permits the connection of a VAD (15 mL PVAD). Echocardiographic and hemodynamic data of a pediatric patient (average weight 14...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
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